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Sustainability



Sustainability is a key priority at Gabriel, and we are deeply committed to creating sustainable products without endangering the environment and the lives of future generations. Our products are manufactured with respect not only for the environment but also for user health and safety and aim to contribute to the creation of healthy indoor spaces.

 

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Sustainable business practices

At Gabriel sustainability is, however, not only about our products. It is also about how we do business in general. Consequently, we are uncompromising when it comes to ethical business conduct, and we always treat customers, suppliers, employees, communities and animals with decency and integrity.

 

Improving our performance

Throughout our organization and across products and business areas, we continuously take new steps to further strengthen our sustainable performance. We continuously strive to implement new sustainable materials and technologies to further reduce our environmental footprint.


Circular economy

Circular economy is an important focus area at Gabriel, and we design durable products with a long service life that can be either biodegraded or recycled. We always carefully consider the environmental impact of all product life cycle phases.

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Our circular approach

Design & sourcing

The creation of circular products begins in the design and sourcing phase, where crucial decisions are made about raw materials that define the product’s lifespan and environmental profile.

Material selection
We work hard to ensure that raw materials and components meet our strict quality and environmental requirements. Gabriel requirements exceed applicable laws and regulations, reflect market demands as well as the demands of international labelling systems such as Oeko-Tex, EU Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM.

Sustainable materials – wool & recycled polyester
We use sustainable natural fibres, polyester and recycled polyester for our fabrics. With its unique functional and aesthetic properties wool is our preferred natural fibre. It offers superior comfort and exceptional durability and keeps its attractive appearance over time. The high-quality wool for Gabriel fabrics comes from New Zealand sheep that are given optimal care.

Our preferred man-made fibre is polyester. Polyester is extremely versatile, durable and offers superior stretch and upholstery properties. To strengthen our sustainable performance, we continue to increase our use of recycled polyester. Recycled polyester offers the same technical and aesthetic performance as virgin polyester but has a smaller impact on the environment.   

 

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Responsible production
In accordance with ISO 14001 we have taken significant steps to reduce the negative environmental impact of our production. We continuously strive to conserve energy, cut emissions of air pollutants, reduce waste water and minimise our use of virgin raw materials.

Recycling
Gabriel recycles waste from other industries and transforms it into new products. Since we began using recycled materials in the beginning of the 90’s, our selection of post-consumer recycled polyester fabrics has grown significantly. We primarily use recycled polyester made from used plastic bottles.
Explore our collection of recycled polyester fabrics here.

 

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Labels for safe and eco-friendly products
Gabriel offers the largest selection of eco-labelled products on the market and adheres to the regulatory standards of several environmental and consumer safety labelling programs. The labels offer our customers a documented and objective guarantee of our products’ environmental credentials and make it easier for you to make sustainable choices. Please follow the links for further information: Eu Ecolabel, Oeko-Tex, Cradle to Cradle Certified and FSC.


Responsible supply chain management

Gabriel maintains the highest standards of ethical conduct, and we expect no less from our supply chain partners. Consequently, we choose partners and suppliers with great care and aspire to work only with business partners, who share our vision and commitment to sustainability.

 

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Our Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct sets standards for the way we do business and incorporates the internationally accepted UN practices and standards. It covers our entire supply chain and includes topics such as animal welfare, anti-corruption, and anti-bribery. The Code of Conduct endorses the principles specified in the UN Global Compact.

 

 

 

Sustainability report 2018/19

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